Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 17 June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) development of the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing application, and (2) trial of that application on the Isle of Wight.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The purpose of the Isle of Wight phase is to improve the user experience of the National Health Service COVID-19 contact tracing application and to understand the effectiveness of the Test and Trace programme. Uptake and correct usage of the app is important and we have engaged with residents on the Isle of Wight about how the app operates, why people choose not to have it, and their attitudes towards it and the wider Test and Trace programme. Alongside these, we are measuring quantitative measures such as usage and download rates. Just like any high-quality app, we will continually improve it over the coming weeks for optimal functionality as data continues to come in.

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